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Personality Disorders: an Overview

Personality disorders are a set of conditions where the symptoms suffered vary greatly from person to person, but also the the person in question differs significantly in how they think, behave, feel and relate to other people, and perceive all aspects of life.

There are approximately ten types of personality disorders and depending on characteristics and diagnosis, are generally grouped int the following sections:

Suspicious: such as paranoid, schizophrenia, and antisocial disorders.

Emotional and impulsive: such as borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic disorders.

Anxious: such as avoidant, dependant, and obsessive compulsive disorders.

However, these are not set categories, and various conditions may overlap into multiple categories.

There are no clear reasons why some people develop certain disorders but there are certainly a lot of influencing factors. Among them, the likely main factors known to researchers to cause a personality disorder to develop are:

Environmental: such as an unstable or chaotic family life, for example living with family members who may be alcoholics or struggle in other ways to cope.

Having little or no support from your caregivers: this can be harder if you have experienced a traumatic event in your life, especially childhood.

Having little or no support through school: experiencing issues with peers and the community.

Various childhood traumatic experiences: things such as abuse, neglect, bullying and other negative experiences.

Personality disorders cannot be cured, however there are medications along with various different types of therapy and methods of managing conditions and caring for yourself.

Diabetes - An Overview

Diabetes is a medical condition where a person is not able to naturally control the level of glucose in their blood because their body cannot efficiently absorb or create insulin. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes develops when the body is unable to produce any insulin and symptoms may appear rapidly and seriously. In Type 1 the body reacts to the insulin producing cells by destroying them. This causes insulin to not be produced at all and glucose to rise drastically. This is the less common type of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body is unable to produce enough insulin or when the insulin it does produce is no good to function. The onset of type 2 diabetes is slower and the symptoms are more subtle than in type 1. In type 2 the insulin produced doesn't work efficiently or at all. Type 2 is far more complex and common than type 1. Symptoms of diabetes may include: 1) excessive thirst and a frequent need to urinate 2) needing to eat or snack regularly to control blood sugar levels 3) Hypos which can cause hunger, sweating, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, trembling and rapid mood changes Hypos, also known as hypoglycaemia, occur when the glucose either drops too low or rises too high. There is no strict rule as to what exactly causes them, and sometimes there is no clear cause.

Life without Limits - Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong disability which effects development. It includes Autism Aspergers Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. It effects the way a person communicates with and relates to the world, people and society. All people within the spectrum face shared challenges such as understanding and processing language, but overall characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder very, sometimes quite significantly, from person to person. Autism is a hidden disability most often, so usually people who are autistic are able bodied but struggle with the following issues; 1) changes to routines 2) understanding jokes, sarcasm and irony 3) sitting around on their own 4) often they have either poor or high organisational skills 5) poor motor skills People on the Autistic Spectrum may have an over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, taste, smells, light, colour, and texture. People with Autism Spectrum Disorder are often good at remembering certain strings of information, like numbers or places and also tend to notice small details that others do not. They also have a tendency to either phrase things in an awkward manner, or to be overly honest and blunt to an extent some people may find rude.

Introducing Tyler!

Hi my name is Tyler. I am a young man, however I was born as a female, this is called gender dysphoria, but this is something I don't really worry about any more because I know who I am and I am always open about the subject. The biggest hurdles in my life come as a result of my disabilities which are Autism, ADHD, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I also have a Rathkes Cleft Cyst located in my brain near the pituitary gland. This is not serious but it can grow so I have to have this monitored by way of an MRI scan. It can also cause imbalances of hormones, headaches, and difficulty regulating body temperature, for example I am always experiencing overheating as a result and it is very difficult for me to cool down.

Now I have something to look forward to and that is going to Bright Lives the social enterprise centre I go to aimed at people with disabilities and learning difficulties. I have been a part of Bright Lives for a little over a year now and in comparison to last year I have made so much progress and achieved a lot. I know this is partially down to my willingness to learn, but I also say that I don't know where I would be without Bright Lives. I started out with virtually no self esteem or confidence in myself, but this is slowly yet steadily returning with the staffs encouragement.

I enjoy making others happy and helping to promote their independence and help them realise their own potential and skills. All I wish for in life is to help and inspire other people like me to be able to go out into the world and achieve the best in their own ambitions. I like to do this by setting an example that you can learn and achieve anything you set your mind to.

Most importantly though, I would advocate for others like me if given the chance as I have had a bad start to life. To be their voice to say that everybody is a winner, but when a winner keeps going despite having to overcome continuous hurdles that last a lifetime, that winner becomes a hero.

Identity Made Clearer

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Monday Crafts Class - Molly

Hey guys! So as you know I have been volunteering in the crafts class. Today, the crafts class tutor was away, so I was put in charge of coming up with a project and running the session.

The project I decided upon was a huge butterfly hanging mobile, made from painted collages they did the previous week. As each service user came in, I made sure to supply them with all their scissors, collages and butterfly templates. I also provided one service user with additional activities as she was unable to do cutting out. I therefore gave her paper and pencils to use, as well as some glue and gems so she could decorate cut out butterflies.

Throughout the session, everyone cut out and decorated their butterflies, then chose their colour ribbons to hang their butterflies off towards the end of the session. After that Tiffany assisted with a glue gun in sticking the butterflies to the ribbons of choice, which we then assisted the service users in tying them to the hoop.

We completed the mobile with a giant butterfly hanging in the middle, and got the boss to hang it from the ceiling, where it swirls in the breeze.

Why don't you try!

After volunteering for a few months at Bright Lives, I can confidently say that it has been a thoroughly rewarding experience! Quite apart from learning new skills such as till work, improving my creativity further, and how to guide and teach a group of people in a crafts class, the boost in confidence and self esteem has been huge. I now feel better about myself, more confident in assisting people, and in standing firm on my conclusions and decisions. While I found the till work my most relaxing job, in fact assisting during the crafts class is when I felt a realisation of fulfilment and purpose. Helping others with disabilities learn a new skill themselves, while also having fun, was full of enjoyment, was the most gratifying experience. I can happily say that the skills, confidence and self esteem I have achieved are now being implemented in my personal life without me even realising it. I now have the determination and courage to take the next step in my life and to independence, by researching the matter of moving out of my mother's house into motion. This has been a big, but smooth learning curve and has also been highly enjoyable. In my opinion everyone should try volunteering at least once, as you learn so many new skills, meet lots of new people, and gain plenty of confidence and experience, making it a highly rewarding period of time.

Internet Safety Lesson

Today we did an internet safety lesson making posters, following on from last Thursday's lesson that was more detailed on this subject. Everyone was really good, with a lot of input and we all made our own posters about what we had learned across the two lessons. Everyone agreed we had all learned something, and unleashed our creativity making our posters. We each did it in our own way, and we will be displaying them on the wall in one of our walls.

Lucy Parsons Bright Lives Disco 30th June 2017

In the afternoon I sat with Molly. She showed me how to work the Bright Lives till properly and to give the correct change to the customers and tear the receipts

Molly Brooke: Bright Lives Disco Friday 30th June

Disco Till On Friday the 30th of June, I was on the duty of working the till for the disco at the bright lives disco, taking the money for entrance, and giving the correct change. I had Lucy sitting with me for the first time and I showed her how to work the till and tear the receipts correctly. We also had a good chat so the time passed quickly and before we knew it the time was at an end. I enjoy doing the till duty and find it relaxing.

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